About Hina Luna

Hina Luna is a creative inquiry into bridging the connections between body, altar, and home; a devotion to and honoring of simple pleasures, personal talismans, kitchen table culture, and ancestral connection. All if this is expressed through thoughtful offerings of seasonally-released plant dyed and block printed textiles and artworks made in a home-studio in Hawai’i as well as curated treasures made by other artisans and makers that you can find in the shop all year through.

Conceptual inspiration

Behind the name The moon is my steady muse and the namesake of this heart-work. ‘Hina’ honors the moon deity of the place I call my home in Hawai’i and her plant body representations, and ‘Luna’ is a nod to the moon spirit of my own Italian ancestry. I find inspiration in the moon’s gentle, quiet power; a light in the darkness; ever-evolving through its phases; in communion with the waters of both earth and body.

Working concepts Through the symbology of my art and the natural materials used, I explore what it means to consider the body as both a home for spirit and an altar to be tended to for the sake of our selves and honoring our ancestors. By working with natural plant dyes and fibers and symbology inspired by nature, my intention is to cultivate a relationship with the world around us — the seen and the unseen.

Conceptual themes for seasonal releases are inspired by the collective experience through my personal lens. I artistically interpret emotional and social experiences through symbolism by “prescribing” the imagery of certain plants and natural shapes to inspire healing, balance, comfort, motivation, and awareness, while leaving room for your personal interpretations and connections.

The intention | things that are both beautiful + purposeful

Hina Luna’s collection of original creations from the home studio and curated treasures from fellow makers are offerings to the altar of your spirit, body, and home.  They are both talismans and tools to be interacted with daily that celebrate simple pleasures, quality craftsmanship, a life lived slowly and intentionally, and honoring our ancestors by caring for ourselves.

All items are created or curated with the intention to honor both people and planet. Natural materials, ethical creation processes, and a balance of function and form are the foundation of this creative endeavor. 

Every item that is present in the shop has been carefully considered and chosen. I will never offer items that will quickly end up in the landfill or that I don’t believe can serve a purpose for you and be treasured for many moons to come.

Studio offerings

Original works from the Hina Luna home studio include plant dyed and block printed altar cloths, pinafore aprons, linen pillowcases, plant dyed table linens, annual moon calendars, zines, and the occasional wearable garments.

Studio releases happen quarterly on the new moon before every equinox and solstice [spring, summer, fall, and winter] and are announced via newsletter the day of the release. Full Moon Circle mailing list subscribers will receive a special passcode that allows early access to the shop before the release has gone live for the public. Follow on Instagram for previews leading up to releases.

Curations

I am honored to welcome the works of fellow creatives into the shop that align with the intention and ethos of Hina Luna. Some of these goods include tarot and oracle decks, beeswax candles, guided journals, and independent publications and are brought into this space in small batches. Hina Luna prioritizes sourcing products made by Hawaiian, women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ makers and artisans. As a single owner, woman-led creative business, it is important to me to invest in these communities of makers and provide a platform that amplifies them and their works and that contributes to more equitable wealth distribution.

People and Planet

All items are created or curated with the intention to honor both people and planet. Natural materials, ethical creation processes, and a balance of function and form make up the foundation from which I create and curate from.

For Hina Luna’s textile creations, quality organic and natural fibers are used in combination with sustainably sourced plant dyes. Altar cloths are exclusively made from carefully chosen vintage and second-hand natural fabrics.

Hina Luna’s collection of zines and print work is created with women owned and operated print shops as well as my locally owned small printing service.

Curated offerings are carefully chosen for their mindful creation practices, natural materials, and the individuals that make them.

With consideration of our earth, orders are lovingly packaged and shipped in biodegradable, plastic-free materials that can quickly and safely reintegrate back into the earth.

My process embraces the slow movement and lives by the philosophy of having less, choosing better quality, and making things last. I believe these philosophies are easily practiced when we foster a connection to the tangible items we choose to surround ourselves with.

Every month in The Full Moon Circle, Hina Luna highlights an individual or grassroots organization working through issues of social-, climate-, and racial justice, and the liberation of folks who’ve been systemically oppressed. This segment closes with an invitation to join Hina Luna in supporting these featured individuals and organizations with monetary donations and information sharing. While this resource share has existing exclusively in The Full Moon Circle newsletter, Hina Luna will begin sharing these features in a monthly blog segment and on Instagram in effort to extend the conversation — and the mutual aid — to a larger audience.

Where is Hina Luna based?

I create and run my shop out of my home studio on Hawai’i island, land belonging to the Kānaka Maoli people. Hina Luna is an online shop only, that occasionally pops up at local-to-me events and virtual marketplaces.